AIT takes top spot for student satisfaction and research

Posted in Life on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students studying at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) are among the most satisfied in Ireland, according to The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 released at the weekend …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 8 November]

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Irish universities open AI research doors to China with signing of agreements

Posted in Research on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish educational institutions have signed deals to make closer ties between Irish and Chinese research in computer science and AI. A number of Irish universities and institutes of technology have opened their doors to Chinese research as part of a series of new deals signed between them and Chinese universities …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 24 October]

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AIT technological university status in view as vision in sight

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The aspirational quest to attain technological university status at Athlone Institute of Technology advanced this week with the allocation of additional Government funding aimed at facilitating the ultimate goal of the third level educational establishment …” (more)

[Ronan Fagan, Athlone Advertiser, 18 October]

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Student march highlights lack of mental health support services

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The rightful entitlement to democratic freedom of expression was reflected on the streets of Athlone on Wednesday afternoon when students from Athlone Institute of Technology marched, in peaceful protest mode, from the education establishment to Burgess Park in the centre of town, expressing their immense dissatisfaction at the lack of funding allocated to third level institution mental health counselling services …” (more)

[Ronan Fagan, Athlone Advertiser, 11 October]

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How can we stop so many students dropping out of college?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2018 by steve

“About one in six third-level students – or almost 6,000 a year – don’t get beyond the first year of their college course, according to a recent Higher Education Authority study. The type of student most likely to drop out is male, with relatively low Leaving Cert points, and studying for a higher certificate or ordinary degree in computer science, construction or engineering at an institute of technology …” (more)

[Owen Ross, Irish Times, 21 June]

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AIT remains committed to Technological University status

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2018 by steve

“Speaking at this week’s meeting of the Athlone Municipal District, which took place in the Institute Boardroom at AIT, Professor Ó Catháin told councillors that work to achieve TU status is ongoing, with ‘finding the right dance partner’ being the aim …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 10 May]

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LYIT named runner up in Sunday Times Good University Guide

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Letterkenny Institute of Technology has been named as runner up in the prestigious Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year 2017. The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 has listed LYIT as runner up with Athlone Institute of Technology winner …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 6 October]

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Blow for AIT as merger requirement retained in Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“On Monday, Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, announced amendments to the Technological Universities Bill, which do not include the possibility of an institute of technology gaining university status without merging with another educational institution. It is now intended that the revised Bill will be re-introduced at Committee stage early in the next Dáil session …” (more)

[Robert Grace, Athlone Advertiser, 20 July]

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We should cut college fees for courses linked to skills shortages

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland can respond to the uncertainty created by the changing international economic environment by pursuing a ‘skills incentivisation strategy’ that develops school leavers into the most highly-skilled graduate workforce on the planet …” (more)

[Owen Ross, Irish Times, 28 March]

 

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Athlone should have city status and a university – McFadden

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Senator Gabrielle McFadden has urged the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney TD to consider city status for Athlone and asked him to encourage the Minister for Education to consider Athlone Institute of Technology for university status …” (more)

[Westmeath Examiner, 8 March]

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Legislative Measures – Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress on the Technological Universities Bill 2015; if he still favours the amalgamation of AIT with Dundalk; if his Department is examining alternative proposals; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 21 February]

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Universities question non use of €270m fund

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Universities have told an Oireachtas Committee they ‘seriously question’ why a fund that is heading towards a surplus of more than €270 million is not released to address the crisis in the Higher Education sector. Addressing the Joint Committee on Education the current president of the Irish Universities Association, Professor Don Barry, said that the National Training Fund was ‘heavily in surplus’ …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 November]

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AIT president and Students Union critical of Cassells Report proposals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“AIT president Professor Ciarán Ó Cátháin says urgent action is needed to address the shortfall in funding for the institute, following the publication of the Cassells Report on third level education this week …” (more)

[Tríona Doherty, Athlone Advertiser, 14 July]

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Minister to consult with AIT over university status – Burke

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In response to a Parliamentary Question from Deputy Peter Burke, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton has stated that he will be consulting with Athlone Institute of Technology shortly in relation to the upgrading of the college to a Technological University …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 7 July]

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Technological Universities – Athlone IT

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2016 by steve

IrelandPeter Burke (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to upgrade AIT Athlone to university status; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 June]

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Waterford TD confident WIT can stand alone in Uni bid

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Independent TD John Halligan says he was the one who insisted that the requirement for IT’s to merge in order to gain university status be removed …” (more)

[WLR FM, 9 May]

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Plans for upgrade of Athlone IT to university is in deal

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A pathway for Athlone Institute of Technology to become a university has been included in the Programme for Government, Independent Alliance TD Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has said. It is understood that the programme was finalised last night and could be published as early as today …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 9 May]

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Government fails to properly fund Athlone IT – Gerety Quinn

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil candidate for Longford-Westmeath Connie Gerety Quinn has slammed the Government for neglecting Athlone IT, stating: ‘It is shameful that this Government has neglected Athlone IT …'” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 4 February]

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Students not just there to make up the numbers in General Election 2016

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Athlone IT Students Union president Kevin Ronan said that students are not just there to make up the numbers in General Election 2016 and he anticipates a high turn-out by third level students in the upcoming election …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 28 January]

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AIT signs major academic collaboration agreement with regional partners

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) has signed a memorandum of understanding with strategic partners Dublin City University (DCU), Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), and Maynooth University …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 18 December]

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